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24/05/2022 - Moderate alcohol not safe for heart - conference
Moderate levels of alcohol consumption can contribute to increased risk of heart failure, a European conference has heard. More

17/05/2022 - E-cigarettes as effective as patches for pregnant women
E-cigarettes can help pregnant women to stop smoking and are as safe as nicotine patches, according to new UK research. More

23/02/2022 - Smoking in early pregnancy affects foetal growth
Further evidence has been published on the risks to the foetus of maternal smoking. More

21/01/2022 - Gene variants linked to alcohol tolerance may cause cancer
Alcohol appears to be a direct cause of cancer, according to a genetic study undertaken in China. More

13/01/2022 - Debate about licensing of e-cigarettes as medicines
Respiratory experts have debated if e-cigarettes should be licensed as medicines after the UK announced support for the move. More

12/01/2022 - Ketamine may benefit severe alcoholics
Ketamine treatment may be effective for alcohol use disorder, alongside psychological therapy, according to a new study. More

17/11/2021 - Worldwide fall in tobacco use
Global rates of tobacco use are continuing to fall, a new World Health Organization report shows. More

21/10/2021 - Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer
Women should decrease their alcohol intake to help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, the World Health Organization has urged. More

28/09/2021 - Smoking 'worsens COVID-19 severity' and risk of death
Smoking is highly likely to worsen the severity of COVID-19 and the risk of dying from the virus, researchers report today in a study aimed at dispelling another pandemic myth. More

22/09/2021 - Raise alcohol tax to prevent cancer - WHO
Alcohol-related cancer incidence and mortality could be cut significantly by increased taxation, World Health Organization experts say. More

08/09/2021 - International consensus sought on e-cigarettes
A group of pharmacologists and public health researchers are calling for tighter regulations on the purchase and use of e-cigarettes and related heated tobacco products. More

06/09/2021 - Nicotine e-cigarettes 'cause' blood clotting
E-cigarettes that contain nicotine cause blood clots and render small blood vessels less able to expand and dilate, a European conference will hear today. More

09/06/2021 - Alcohol linked to reduced conception chances
A woman's fertility may be temporarily reduced by moderate to heavy alcohol intake during the second half of the menstrual cycle, according to a new analysis published today. More

21/05/2021 - National report on smoking released
New ideas for cutting smoking levels in the UK have been published in a report by the Royal College of Physicians. More

02/03/2021 - Decriminalise drugs, Scottish physicians say
UK governments should consider decriminalising possession of drugs to tackle rising death rates, Scottish physicians say today. More

26/02/2021 - Increased opioid agonist treatment could reduce drug deaths
Scaling up the use of opioid agonists could help to reduce drug-related deaths substantially, new international research claims. More

14/01/2021 - How alcohol consumption increased in first lockdown
A quarter of adults in the UK drank more alcohol than usual during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with younger women more likely to have increased their consumption, according to a new study today. More

13/01/2021 - Alcohol patterns and frequency linked to health
Some patterns of drinking behaviour may reduce risk of alcohol-related health problems, researchers have reported. More

15/09/2020 - Pandemic places pressure on addiction services
The pandemic lockdown triggered a huge upsurge in heavy drinking – leaving addiction services ill-equipped to deal with the problems, psychiatrists say today. More

09/09/2020 - UK alcohol report looks at harm to men
Efforts to reduce alcohol consumption among men need to confront the extent to which it is bound up with male identity in the UK, a report says today. More

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